Smart Payment Device for the Visually Impaired


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To date, visually impaired individuals have had to rely on screen-reading software for mobile payments. This is cumbersome and problematic in terms of privacy. Shimmer, a compact device that supports mobile payments, provides a remedy. The utensil consists of a colour display, a scanning camera, Braille buttons and a headset. This allows two scenarios to be handled: showing the payment code via the display for payment; scanning the QR code via the camera for receipt of the money. The functions are realised via a mobile phone connection.

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Thanks to its high-quality and compact design, Shimmer can conveniently be worn around the neck like a piece of fine jewellery.

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